Explore Old Montevideo
Montevideo may not share Buenos Aires’ grandiose history or reputation as an iconic Latin American capital, but it has a certain retro atmospheric charm which is well worth exploring. Monumental architecture and a pleasant waterfront combine to create an interesting itinerary for an exploratory walk.Follow a drive along Montevideo's riverside promenade, known locally as the Rambla, with a stroll round the historic centre.
Wander the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town with its eclectic mix of architecture, including one of South America's highest densities of well-preserved art-deco buildings. Many of the colonial era’s public buildings and squares are extremely imposing.
Later you might continue on to the evocative Mercado del Puerto port market - a Montevideo institution within one of its finest 19 century buildings featuring wrought iron shipped in from Liverpool. Packed with parrillas (grills), it's a hive of activity at lunchtime and you'll be well advised to join the local enthusiasts for a traditional Uruguayan lunch with wine.